Wednesday, December 28, 2016

S-3 mix steel road frame with carbon fork

 This one is pretty much the 'Ultimundo' model without the internal brake routing or the head badge. The big S-3 down tube and tapered fork give the bike a really stable and sure-footed feel-great on those high speed descents.
The bottom bracket stiffness is also really good with the oversize down tube, especially for a sub-4 lb. steel road frame. This model will change when I run out of S-3 tubes some time in the next year or so. I ordered heavily on these last week to ensure at least 20-25 more of these will be available before the tubes are extinct. I will most likely substitute a Columbus 'Spirit' down tube for 2018 unless I find a US tube that mimics the shape and properties of the S-3. Vari-Wall is a company that might try to make a similar tube. I have some of their samples in the shop I will build a prototype with some time in the next few months.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Di ii 650 drop bar adventure bike

 Yes- that's what it is. Make of it what you will......should be fun to ride on the trails around the Santa Cruz mountains. The fork is a 3TTT 'Luteus' and will take avery large tire. The rear end is also made to take a big tire so if the going gets rough  this bike should be up to the task.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Etap travel bike for Colorado

 The customer spared little expense coming up with this package. It is a big tire breakaway/S&S  travel bike with the new Sram Etap wireless shifting. I had issues setting it up with the Sram video but checked out another one from the official German Sram tech guy. His demo was different and clearer -once I followed the procedure I got the shifting working in just a few minutes . I was not able to road test the bike as the rain was coming down in buckets today.

The customer also came up with the whole paint scheme-one of the best from Allan Neymark-the local painter I use for all the clear coats and special work. The execution of the job is first rate.

The bike will take much larger tires but was spec'd with these Continental 700x28 road tires. The Paragon Poly-Drops allow a number of configurations, even belt drive.
 The Jen Green copper mix sterling headbadge adds a nice classic look that goes well with the Brooks  saddle.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

An oldie comes back to roost

 I built this bike in 1994  in the old Gross rd. location. This is a 650-A fillet brazed road frame , fork and stem with some small lug-like appointments. The paint was done by Mark Bunten ( Dr. Deltron) who retired from painting a number of years ago. He used a 'sponge texture' technique that had a bit of popularity back then. The rider was very small, just over 5' so the 650 wheels were a good match .
 The gearing is insanely wide with a special triple adaptor lever on the left shifter. Back in these days there were no triple STI levers. This bike was ridden a lot back in the day but has sat idle for maybe a decade. It will now reside in my shop-a very unique bike from over 20 years ago.

first 27.5 boost frame

 Yes, I have finally gone there and I'll likely build more like this. The frame has a 148x12 rear axle and will take up to a 3" tire. Not quite a 'fatbike' but really substantial traction compared to your common variety 2.2 MTB tire. The ride should be a lot more 'cush' as well.

 The paint is a nod to a style popular back in the late '80's. I had a number of bikes painted this way as did Ibis and a number of other brands of the day. The fades were done over a powder base coat by Allan Neymark. I think that he really nailed it on this frame-he said that it didn't happen on the first try but he persisted until he got what you see here. The frame will be mated to a Fox 120 mm boost fork-one of the most substantial suspension forks that have been in my shop. Price on a frame like this with this paint is around $ 2,100.00

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

jacknife of all trades sorta

 This one is getting picked up tomorrow so I thought that I had better get it on the blog tonight.The frame is steel while the fork is and Enve carbon painted to match. The stem is an aluminum Shimano 'Pro' , also painted to match.
 This one will be going to Monterey so it will be pretty local. The owner has been a supporter and worker at the local Surf City CX series-maybe the bike might get in a race or two......

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fixed gear road frame

 Yes, I do build track bikes but I also build stuff like this-a fixed gear frame oriented toward longer road training. The difference is the slacker angles and longer wheelbase. The bottom bracket is still pretty high as you have to be able to pedal through corners.
 This is the fixed gear equivalent of the 'Ulitmundo' frame that I build for road. The tubing is pretty much the same set. The s-bend on the chainstays are very subtle so that there is ample clearance for the narrow q-factor track cranks. When this one is built up I will get some good photos of it as early next year I plan an overhaul of my website.
The frame will be fitted with an Enve tapered road fork so that a front brake can be employed.

Monday, November 21, 2016

big tire CX for western Colorado

 It was definitely late in the day but I did get this one prepped and in a box to send out tomorrow morning. This one is supposed to wear a number of hats-race bike, trail bike, off road tourer- lots of uses. I had to limit the tire size to 700x40 to keep it racy.
 The headbadge has some copper in it that should turn redder with age and compliment the red soil of the region......or at least that's what I hope ! The frame will be mated to an Enve CX disc fork.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Alfine Di II townie all built

 I think I built this frame and fork last year. The customer has a lot of bikes and is very busy so it took a long time for him to build it up but it is finally done.
I rode it a little bit and noted that it was very smooth and might be a very good bike to ride when one is intoxicated. Yes, I said it- you could ride home from the bar on this one and probably make it home   in one piece. Might not be good to lock it up at night , though......

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Steel big tire CX frame for western Colorado

This frame will have many duties-700x28 to 700x43 and everything inbetween. Originally the customer was asking for 2" tire room but I had to draw the line at 40-43. Try to make one bike that does 4-5things and you will wind up with some not so good compromises.
That is not the case with this one . With the right tires this bike will be great on the dirt-with the right wheels and tires it will be pretty good on the road-not a 16 lb. race bike but still pretty quick and very stable on those long Colorado downhills.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Steel road frame and fork for Morgan Hill, Calif.

 Steel tubes and 700x28 tires should smooth out the roads where this bike will be ridden.
 The owner likes to take the remote dirt roads that cut across the Santa Cruz mountains but isn't really into getting a CX or gravel style bike. Although this will get some dirt miles, it is still a road bike-just a bit more forgiving and posessing a taste more tire room.

SSCX for Ft. Collins, Co.

This frame is atually more than a single speed as there's a chance that the owner will install Sram Etap. This system is wireless so the whole drivetrain will integrate with a frame like this that has no gear cable guides. All that is needed is a rear der. hanger and the dropout insert has one.
 As in the popular style, the fork has been painted to match the frame . The orange letter in the otherwise gold drive side decal has a but of a story. I won't bore you with the details but the orange letter will make this bike easier to pick out form the herd of sea foam Lobster CX frames .

Steel gravel frame with Enve GRD fork

 This one is going to Madison, Wisconsin. There's a huge network for paths and roads that connect neighborhoods - they  wind in between houses and down quiet valleys and there's nothing quite like it out here in Calif. This bike should be good for the varying conditions and seasons of the area.
 The matte clear coat is over a wet color coat. The primer is powdercoat so this might be the most durable finish I offer.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

7005 single speed 29er for Vermont

 This frame is extremely heavy duty-I used and Easton NOS "rad" downtube. I still have a box and a half of these. If you want to ride down rock gardens and feel secure , this tube will do the job.
 The Ahrens yokes in the back make for some pretty good tire room-looks like a 3" tire would fit.
The slider dropouts will accept a number of different inserts for various axles and disc brakes, even a der. hanger is available.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

650 monster cross for a local rider

 This is the second 650 in a row for me- a sign of the times that 650 is here in a big way.
 This one will see a 1X XTR transmission and hydraulic disc brakes. Should be a fun bike.
The bike is sized for 650 X 2.1" tires but it looks like you could go bigger, even with the short 425 mm chain stays.

650 mtn. frame in steel

 This one will get built up with XTR, carbon rims and a Fox fork. Should be a fun, light bike.
 This frame has some of the new re-issued Tange Prestige chain stays, now becoming my go-to tubes for some of the lighter builds. Looking forward to seeing this one take shape as a complete bike.